Derek Fisher RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, head coach Derek Fisher and executive Mark Warkentien were among dozens of NBA personnel in Las Vegas on Friday to watch top lottery prospect Kristaps Porzingis work out. Porzingis’ workout was a part of the ASM Sports agency’s “Pro Day.” Fourteen prospects were in the gym, including Texas’ Myles Turner and LSU’s Jarell Martin. But Porzingis was the headline act.
Adam Zagoria: Larry Brown says he’s spoken to a lot of NBA teams on Emmanuel Mudiay, and he thinks Derek Fisher would be a good influence on him w/ Knicks. Larry Brown: “Emmanuel Mudiay is going to make everyone on his team better.”
Q: And what do you know about Derek Fisher? A: He’s a champion, and he knows exactly how to win. The biggest thing is he knows how to win from the court. He knows what it takes as a team and as a player, what you need to sacrifice for the greater whole of everybody for a championship, and I think that’s a very big thing to have, especially in a coach when he knows exactly what his players need to do to win when he’s won multiple championships himself. Q: Carmelo Anthony. A: You don’t get many chances in life to see a player like Carmelo Anthony play. … It’s just amazing what he can do with the basketball in his hands, and what he can do for his team.
Fisher said he believes he will be more involved in personnel decisions than last season. He was hired in June and called the offseason “compressed.” The Knicks have $26 million in cap space. “I would hope so,’’ Fisher said. “I’ve said before, Phil and Steve have been very open in that regard in wanting my thoughts and opinion.’’
The Knicks’ head coach said Thursday that the Knicks “will turn around quickly.” When asked about potentially duplicating a dramatic 23-game turnaround like the Milwaukee Bucks (38-40) have done this season, Fisher said the Knicks are capable of something much more stunning. “I guess that’s possible, but we are not here trying to squeeze in, we are not here trying to go from 15 to 36,” said Fisher, whose Knicks currently have 15 wins. “That’s just not who we are. So it can turn around quickly. It will turn around quickly. “But we don’t really have to put a number on it,” Fisher continued. “We are 6-21 in games [decided] by six points or less this year. So we lost 21 games on two possessions. So we don’t have go from 15 to 36 next year. We can go from 15 to 63 if we really want to. But that is up to us.”
Asked by The Post after Saturday’s practice if his personal issues have made it even more daunting during this 14-62 season, Fisher said, “I don’t think what goes on personally with guys really has anything to do with how you do your job. I’ve seen what other players and people have gone through personally, and when you come to work there’s a separation. Everybody goes through things. That really has nothing to do with my job. So I haven’t found it more challenging to still show up to work every day and do what I need to do. Everyone faces adversity, so it doesn’t change my approach.’’
Derek Fisher’s wife says she was completely “blindsided” when the NBA legend served her with divorce papers last month … and was even more shocked that he moved all of his stuff out of their home in the middle of the night … this according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports. As we previously reported … Derek filed divorce docs in L.A. on March 18th … one month after they celebrated their 10th anniversary.
After Friday night’s loss to the Wizards, Fisher finally found something to pretend to be upset about. From Al Iannazzone of Newsday: Fisher just called timeout with 1.3 seconds left and the Knicks down 14. Coaching Wizards dunk with 1.3 secs left gave them 100 points and fans discount on pizza. Fisher wasn’t happy, says “pizza doesn’t taste that great.” But Fisher said the timeout was to make sure he reminded the players finish the game…. Truthfully, Wizards should have run out the clock
In a different context, however, coach Derek Fisher said Monday that while there is a lot of time between now and July, Gasol’s history with the Grizzlies and their run of success seems very difficult to abandon. “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know what the past and the present is,” Gasol said. “I think that’s pretty clear.”
Fisher has talked about the personal sacrifices his coaches and their families have faced in many of them moving from Los Angeles to New York. On Thursday came the news Fisher had filed for divorce in Los Angeles from his wife of 10 years, Candace. A New York P.R. firm issued a statement from Fisher: “This is a difficult time for me personally. For the sake of our children, I ask that everyone respects our privacy during this process.”
Sources had previously indicated Candace, an L.A. native, wasn’t thrilled with the cross-country move. She looked blank at Fisher’s introductory press conference last June, giving quick, short answers when she spoke to the media. However, Candace and their children moved to Westchester County with Fisher, according to a source.
New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher has filed for divorce from his wife, Candace. Fisher filed the paperwork Wednesday in Los Angeles, a spokesman tells The Associated Press. Fisher says in a statement that “this is a difficult time for me personally. For the sake of our children, I ask that everyone respects our privacy during this process.” The Fishers were married Feb. 19, 2005, and have two children together: twins Tatum and Drew. They each also have another child from a previous relationship. Tatum has recovered from retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer for which she was treated in 2007.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Fisher on his relationship with Popovich: “We have a very strange relationship because we have literally cost each other a lot… A lot has been at stake when we played. Last night was probably the least meaningful game we’ve ever played against each other”